Report: Thai coach’s job not in danger

Thailand’s football chief says national team coach Winfried

Schaefer’s job is not in danger despite reports his performance

will be under review next year.

Football Association of Thailand president Worawi Makudi said

the German would ”definitely stay until his contract expires in

mid-2014,” according to a report in The Nation newspaper on


Thailand lost to Singapore in the final of the Suzuki Cup last

week – the third time in the past four editions of the regional

football tournament the Elephants have finished runner-up.

Worawi told local media after Thailand’s defeat that the

football association would meet next year to discuss the direction

of the national team and that Schaefer’s work would be reviewed,

leading to speculation his job may not be safe.

”Early next year, there will be a meeting with the FAT

executive board committee and his work will be analyzed,” Worawi

told the Bangkok Post. ”Winnie (Schaefer) has worked for the past

two years with the Thai national team – we are very pleased but we

have to discuss it at the meeting. I cannot tell what the result

will be.”

Worawi later made clear that Schaefer, who was hired in June

2011, would be at the helm for Thailand’s upcoming Asian Cup

qualifiers against Kuwait on Feb. 6 and Lebanon on March 22, and he

expected him to finish out his three-year contract with the


”We’ll have a board meeting early next year to assess the

team’s performance. But that doesn’t mean Schaefer will get the

sack,” he said, according to The Nation.

Schaefer replaced former Manchester United great Bryan Robson as

Thailand’s coach. He previously led Cameroon to the African Nations

Cup title in 2002 and coached the team at that year’s World